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“Plain Geology” by George Otis Smith

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The scientific community must be effective in communicating the results of its work to the public in a way that can be understood and used. The need for this is acute, for the complexity and difficulty of environmental and resource problems require full use of all the knowledge scientists can muster. The wisdom of the actions of both the government and private sectors depends in large part on their understanding of resource characteristics. The U.S. Geological Survey is uniquely qualified to provide much of the required knowledge about natural resources through its many reports and maps and can be proud of the products of its work. Too often, however, reports are couched in words and phrases that are understandable only to other scientists, engineers, or technicians. But, who, really, are the ones to whom the Survey wishes to convey its findings? Other scientists and engineers, yes. But beyond them, by far a larger audience: teachers, students, businessmen, planners, and Federal, State, county, and municipal officials–in short, the public. More than 50 years ago former Director George Otis Smith recognized the same problem. His plea for “Plain Geology” was a classic, just as applicable now as it was in 1921. It is herewith reprinted to make it generally available. persuasion example

Material Type: Reading

Author: George Otis Smith

Frozen trailer

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Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio behind "Tangled" and "Wreck-It Ralph," presents "Frozen," a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. This trailer demonstrates cause and effect.

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration

Author: Jessica Temple

Recession, Smartphones, Diversity — What Defines Generation Z, Or The iGeneration?

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The post-Millennial generation is beginning to come of age, and by 2020, it will make up about one-third of the U.S. population. Some refer to it as Generation Z, while others call it the iGeneration. Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson talks with Jean Twenge, a psychology professor at San Diego State University and author of the book "iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy — and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood — and What That Means for the Rest of Us." example of definition

Material Type: Lecture

Author: Jessica Temple

Defining Ethnicity

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Embedded mediamakers with the Race/Related team at the New York Times ask each other potentially awkward race-related questions as a way to start more open, personal conversations about race across our racial and ethnic lines. example of definition

Material Type: Reading

Author: Jessica Temple

The Mind's Storehouse: Memory (video link)

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Is memory reliable? Why is it that we remember where we were on 9/11, but not the day before? These questions and others are tackled by leading memory researchers who discuss topics such as encoding, storage, and retrieval of memory. Demonstrations of short term memory are also presented and renowned researcher, Elizabeth Loftus, explains her role in debunking the phenomenon of repressed memories. 28-minute video

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration

Author: Jessica Temple

5 Mini-Lessons You MUST Teach for Creative Narrative

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Mini-lessons are a great way to teach students about small tidbits of writing without overwhelming them. These sessions are 10-15 minutes long, which is the perfect amount of time to engage students without them losing interest. Lesson ideas include Character Development, Setting Development, Sequence of Events, Dialogue, Strong Endings

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Homework/Assignment, Lesson Plan

Author: Jessica Temple

Narrative Writing WriteAlong Videos

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This series of videos walks students through the writing and revising process for narrative essays. Topics include conclusions, dialogue, transitions, organization, etc. Each video is under 10 minutes long. Users may access two videos before being asked to establish a free account.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Homework/Assignment, Interactive

Author: Jessica Temple